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Hi there O Knowledgeable Ones,

I recently inherited this old revolver from my father in-law (age 90), who said he thinks it belonged to his grandfather. But Pop's cognitive faculties are not what they once were when he was a Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam. From a brief online search I'm thinking it is a S&W perfected model 38 double action revolver. It is hinged, top break, with a cylinder release. Caliber .38 S&W. Serial number appears to be #3003. The old nickel finish is well worn (mostly gone) and the action is loose, but appears functional in both single action and double action. I have not fired it. The grips say US, which I have not been able to find online thus far. Was this a military issue sidearm? When? I (and Pop) would appreciate any historical information on the revolver, as well as its value.


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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Yes, you have identified the model correctly. As Combat says, the grips are made for a different brand of revolver.
 

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Those grips came off a different brand of gun.
Hmm...that explains why I couldn't find a picture of one online with the US logo. All the examples I've seen have the S&W logo in the place where this one has the US. Plus, since you mentioned it I took a closer look at the fitment of the grips and found they are not a perfect fit. Thanks for the heads up on that. It's surprising that a grip from another gun would be such a close fit with the screw hole and all.

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